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RoberCon is less than 2 months away and we wanted to give you an update on what’s to come (panel wise).

No Mac & Cheese on the Other Side: A Look at Existence After Death

Alonnie and Anvil of the S.P.E.C.T.E.R.S. Foundation will reveal and review evidence collected locally that goes beyond just knocks and whistles. See and hear electronic voice phenomena, photos, videos and more that will challenge your opinions about life after death.

Through the Wormhole: 20 Years of ‘Farscape’

The crew of Moya – including human astronaut John Crichton and Peacekeeper Aeryn Sun – fought and loved across the universe for four seasons. Look back at the series’ best moments, strangest characters and weirdest situations.

Get a Shift On: The New Face of ‘Doctor Who’

 

Live Podcast Recording: Ocho Duro Parlay Hour

After Avengers: Endgame shattered box-office records, Marvel is gearing up for their next phase of its cinematic universe with Phase 4 films and Disney+ TV shows on the horizon. Can they keep the crown of reigning comic entertainment champs, or is their time at the top over? The ODPH panel breaks down future projects and possible contenders in this special RoberCon podcast recording.

Live Podcast Recording: 3 Fat Nerds

Want to talk about all things nerdy? Rich, Ron and #BigNattyCool Derek cover all things nerd in movies, TV shows, games, comics, pop culture and more. Is your favorite fandom #CertifiedNerd? Only one way to find out – by attending this special RoberCon podcast recording!

Nothing is True, Everything is Permitted: History in ‘Assassin’s Creed’

The games and movie within the “Assassin’s Creed” series and the historical timeframes covered allow rubbing elbows with historical figures – and seriously, who wouldn’t want to be friends with Leonardo da Vinci or George Washington? This panel also will discuss the use of the games and movie as supplemental study material for a history course.

Rod Serling’s Life and Legacy: An Q&A with Biographer Nick Parisi

Straight Outta Westeros: ‘Game of Thrones’ Ends, But What’s Next?

HBO’s Game of Thrones has come to an end, and it’s safe to say that the fandom is totally at a loss in coming up with any complaints. Total satisfaction all around. Set sail for what’s West of Westeros, take aim at what was what in Season 8, and join us for righteous screeds and melancholy sighs. Remember, we’re promised more books, and at least one prequel is in production!

J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World: The Waiting Years 

Here we are again. With Warner Brothers’ announcement that the next Fantastic Beasts film won’t hit the big screen for another three years, fans of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World now find themselves in a very familiar place we like to call “the waiting years.” On this panel, staff members of MuggleNet.com will revert back to what us fans have done every time there’s been a gap between books or movies: Combing through any scrap of news, rehashing what we already know, and a whole lot of speculation about the future.

Quick Draw Returns: Improv with Pen and Paper

Our panel of artists will sketch quick (and witty) cartoons based on moderator and audience suggestions. Audience members will watch the artists start with a blank paper and finish with a final cartoon because their work will be projected on the screen. Think of it as cartooning improvisation. Artists will be Russell Swanger (a.k.a. “Russ the Big Guy”), Eric Maruscak (creator of the comic strip “The Line Starts Here”) and Rob Boss (of RB Artistry).

‘Alita Battle Angel’: Sleeper Hit or Cult Classic?

James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez introduced audiences to the post-apocalyptic world of Yukito Kushiro’s Gunnm, a cyberpunk manga that began in the 1990s. It was almost universally loved by those who saw it, but failed to reach true blockbuster box office numbers. When all is said and done, will this be the sleeper hit of 2019 that spawns a new film franchise, or will it become a cult classic where the people who love it absolutely adore it and everyone else wonders why?

The Magnificent Seven: Class Begins at ‘Umbrella Academy’

On Oct. 1, 1989, 43 women around the world give birth simultaneously, despite none of them showing any sign of pregnancy until labor began. Seven of the children are adopted by eccentric billionaire Sir Reginald Hargreeves and turned into a superhero team each with unique powers.  Join us to discuss the Netflix series and comic book written by Gerard Way.

Unstuck in Time: Vonnegut’s ‘Slaughterhouse-Five’ at 50

Kurt Vonnegut’s 1969 novel Slaughterhouse-Five caught the imagination of a generation trapped in the contradictions of the Vietnam War. Fifty years later, we will ask about its contemporary significance and whether some of its major plot points have aged well in the intervening decades. Should it still be required book for high school readers?  Is it too sexist for the current era?

‘Crisis’ comes to the ‘Arrowverse’

This year is sure to be the biggest one yet for the CW’s “Arrowverse” superhero shows, as its flagship series Arrow bids farewell with its final season, leading up to the mega-crossover event “Crisis on Infinite Earths” and the debut of the Batwoman solo series. We’ve already learned of a few special appearances, including Brandon Routh playing the Kingdom Come Superman for the crossover, but let’s speculate about how this “Crisis” will impact the Arrowverse and what we’d like to see happen. Who will survive, who will get lost in the fight? We’ll also talk about how much the CW superhero shows have evolved since Arrow began.

Roll for Initiative: 45 Years of Dungeons & Dragons

How did a tiny Wisconsin company change the world of tabletop gaming forever? We’ll explore the history and cultural impact of the world’s most famous roleplaying game. Double-check your equipment and bring your party!

‘The Whisperer in Darkness’: Lovecraft Meets Science Fiction

Aliens from Pluto from other worlds coming down to Earth to mine and perform experiments … in a story from 1930? Join us in an exploration of a key work of horror writer H.P. Lovecraft that has inspired stories, musical pieces and movies.

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